Another day, another debate. In this episode, we are going to talk about the question of which red dot sights are made in Europe, as people naturally want to know where their products are made.
Of course, we should begin with Aimpoint, the inventors of the Micro form factor and the pioneers of red dot sights. Their red dots are all made in Sweden. Then, there is Noblex, which used to be called Docter, whose red dots are made in Germany.
Next, there are Shield dots, which are manufactured in the UK. Leica only has one red dot sight in their offer, which is called Tempus, and it is made in Portugal. Vomz manufactures its red dots in Russia.
Zeiss also used to produce red dot sights, namely Compact Point and Z-Point. They have been discontinued since. Meopta still produces them in the Czech republic (MeoSight, MeoRed). And IOR has begun producing them as well but in Romania. These are all the manufacturers who produce their red dot sights in Europe and have their headquarters in Europe as well.
Next, we have the brands with headquarters in Europe, but they outsource their production. The first one on our list is Kahles Helia RD, which is manufactured in Japan. Delta Optical is a Polish company that also produces its red dots in Japan and China.
Minox RV1 is a brand-new red dot sight, and also the only one from Minox, and it is manufactured in China. GPO produces its dots in Japan and China and is among many European brands that outsource their products. Some well-established brands in the optics industry do not disclose where their red dots are made, such as Blaser (RD 17, RD 20) and Steiner (MRS).
If you know of any red dot sights made in Europe that we did not mention, please do share the information in the comment section. And if you have any additional questions that you would like for us to answer, please send us an e-mail, and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
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